Kenya to postpone Dadaab closure at UNHCR request

Kenya will postpone the controversial closure of its Dadaab refugee camp for at least six months, citing the difficult security situation in Somalia and a United Nations appeal as factors in the decision. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Wednesday that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had…

Kenya’s stance on Dadaab refugees challenged by rights groups

Kenyan government officials are coercing refugees to return to Somalia – and the very risks they’ve tried to flee, the Amnesty International human rights organization said in a report released Tuesday. More than 280,000 refugees, most of them Somali, live in the Dadaab refugee camp that Kenya announced in May it intends…

Somali president appeals for aid as drought crisis escalates

As the drought in Somalia deepens, the nation’s president is appealing for humanitarian aid to help millions of Somali people without food and water. Hassan Sheik Mohamud said the Somali government needs additional resources from both its own citizens and the international community to meet overwhelming need. The drought is…

Somalia releases AJ reporter detained ahead of elections

Somali security agents have released Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed, who was arrested Tuesday  in Mogadishu. Radio Shabelle reports that Mohamed and cameraman Nur Mohamed were released from custody in the Somali capital. The Qatari news network had confirmed that Mohamed, a British national, was detained with the cameraman and two others while in Somalia…

Somalia detains AJ reporter in latest media-arrest incident

Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed was arrested Tuesday by Somali security agents in Mogadishu. Radio Shabelle reports that Mohamed and cameraman Nur Mohamed remain in custody in the Somali capital. The Qatari news network confirmed that Mohamed, a British national, was detained with the cameraman and two others while in Somalia on a reporting…

UN report on Somalia piracy highlights illegal fishing link

Somali pirate gangs are holding 39 hostages, five of them from Kenya, according to a United Nations Security Council report that highlights the continued role of illegal fishing and its links to piracy risks. The annual update on piracy and security interventions off the coast of Somalia listed the Kenyan hostages…